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Historic Us 80 California Kickoff Event

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For Details, Contact:

Eric Lund

San Diego East Visitors Bureau

Phone (619) 992-8989


San Diego East Visitors Bureau

5005 Willows Road, Ste. 208

Alpine CA   91901

Phone 619-445-0180

Fax 619-445-0880



San Diego East Visitors Bureau News Release


Historic Highway 80 Becomes Official: State Resolution Passes to Establish Historic Route, Celebration Announced


Resolution Passes State Assembly and the Senate to recognize new Historic Highway Route 80, the "Sunshine Route". Visitors to be provided with a new East-West experience.




San Diego, August 31st, 2006: The San Diego East Visitors Bureau working with State and local public officials has successfully sponsored a State Resolution recognizing an almost forgotten highway route 80 as a new State Historic Route.  What it means for San Diego and Imperial Valley is that visitors may now be provided with new opportunities to discover the many unique destinations and history along this fascinating stretch of road. 


On October 21st, the San Diego East Visitors Bureau is organizing a ribbon cutting celebration involving many communities along the highway beginning at Seaport Village in Downtown San Diego.  The public is invited to retrace the historic route, and enjoy the celebrations taking place in San Diego, La Mesa, El Cajon, Alpine, and finishing at Viejas Casino for a classic car show.  From the East, the public and classic car clubs will be starting in Yuma and driving through El Centro, Blythe, Jacumba, and finally arriving at Viejas for the celebration and the classic car show. 


Highway 80 turns 80:  The public is invited to celebrate the 80th birthday and opening of the State of California recognized historic route for the "Historic Route 80 turns 80 Celebration! From 7:00 am until 3:00 pm, retracing the historic highway route 80 from both San Diego and Imperial Valley on October 21st, 2006, just bring your family and your car and join in on the fun.  The events" journey will finish the trip at the "Viejas Rods & Rides" Classic Car show from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm at Viejas Casino parking lot, a part of the "Historic Route 80 turns 80 Celebration". 


What is significant about historic route 80 is the grand history and unique communities that visitors can enjoy as they explore and retrace the route.  Highway 80 was the main East-West connection for the United States established in 1926 as a transcontinental highway from San Diego, California to Savannah, Georgia.  The highway was also known as the "Sea to Sea Highway", the "Boulevard of the Americas" and the "Sunshine Highway" through the years.


In San Diego, many surprises and interesting destinations await the traveler on this nostalgic road of the past.  From the West, visitors who start at Seaport Village downtown can visit the museums of Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, see the El Cajon Blvd. Classic Car Collections, historic downtown La Mesa antique shops, El Cajon restaurants, arts and culture, the Alpine Historic Exhibits and miles of scenic country sides along the way to Viejas.  Travelers may also continue the journey to discover many other San Diego East County destinations, including beautiful county parks, hot springs, boutique dining, Native American gaming and unique locations that seem to have been waiting for years to beckon new travelers along the nostalgic historic highway route 80.


A new non-profit organization has been formed to help promote and market the route with the San Diego East Visitors Bureau, the "Historic Highway 80 Corporation" will work to establish new signage and to create visitor brochures and maps, and improve their website at www.oldhighway80.com to help guests learn about and enjoy the historic highway.  The San Diego East Visitors Bureau also plans to promote return loop trips that will take travelers back to San Diego through Julian and Ramona or returning through Campo and Potrero and Imperial Valley. 


For additional historic highway 80 event information guests may contact the

San Diego East Visitors Bureau toll free 1-800-463-0668 or 619-445-0180.

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